Coastal Navigation

Course Description

This course introduces a student to the knowledge and practices necessary to carry out routine day to day navigational watch keeping duties in a proper and safe manner. The student will be able to understand and read information from a chart; fix the ship’s position in coastal waters; understand earth’s magnetism; comprehend buoyage systems; and check and compare magnetic and gyro compasses, obtaining and applying compass error. In addition, the student will be introduced to the basic concepts and obtain an understanding of electronic navigation systems. Classwork is supplemented by practical chart plot exercises in weekly labs including time in the Electronic and Navigation Lab (ENL) or Integrated Navigation Lab (INL) simulator with students working in teams of two at each student station. Note: A student who fails twice to receive a minimum C- grade will be disenrolled from the Marine Transportation degree program. [Lab time required]

This course consists of two 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour lab per week for a semester with a comprehensive final examination.

Entrance requirements


This course serves as a pre-requisite for MT-2121 Deep Sea Navigation and MT-2161 Rules of the Road.

Learning Objectives

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following STCW elements:




Other objectives